Go Beyond Investor report 2019 provides deep insights for business angels

17.04.2019 11:46
Business angel

Go Beyond has published its 2019 investor report highlighting an increase in the total investment from CHF4m in 2017 to CHF5m in 2018 in 57 deal rounds. Majority investments were made in the fields of ICT and Healthcare. In addition, the report includes information about the development of the portfolio, returns, exits and failures.

Go Beyond (GBI) is a global community which offers individuals and companies possibilities to support early-stage startups and invest with others. The GBI community comprises of 884 early stage investors originating from 45 countries across five continents, and represent 48 nationalities.

For the 5th year in a row, GBI has published its annual investor report based on data analysis from 2008 to 2018. During the period, the community of 884 early stage investors completed 247 investment rounds in 98 companies in 17 countries, with nine successful exits, returning more than €19m in cash to the investors. Ten investments were unsuccessful.

88% of investors with break-even or positive return
As in previous years, of the investors who invested at least once, 88% have a positive or break-even return. And, 81% of individual portfolio investors and investors in Partner Programs who have portfolios with 5 or more investments and vintages of more than two years have received cash back.

Similarly, in 2018, the GBI community has seen consistent growth in investments in early-stage companies. With 57 deals closed in 2018 (15 in Switzerland), the total investment amounts reached just over CHF5m. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) continues to be the most heavily invested industry sector followed closely by Healthcare. Although the number of invested deals increased by 27%, exits declined in that one company exited in 2018 vs. 4 in 2017.

The investments made through GBI have returned liquidity to its community. Currently, 79 portfolio companies are active with a net asset value of 45 million. 81% of individual portfolio investors and investors in Partner Programs who have diversified portfolios of 5 or more investments and vintages of more than two years have received some cash back. 30% of these received more than the amount invested.

These returns have been achieved through the use of a diversified portfolio approach and sales of invested companies to industry acquirers.

More investments in follow-on rounds
GoBeyond investors have begun to invest more in follow-on rounds than in new companies. This is due to the experienced gained and understanding how to manage their portfolio. On the other hand, they are inspired by the potential of follow-on rounds to bring higher annualized returns with a comparatively lower risk than investing in a new company.

Leveraging machine learning to back investment early stage decisions
To minimize the risk of early-stage investments, Go Beyond now offers its community new techniques and innovative technologies like machine learning and large data analytics to help them become more successful in making investment decisions.

(RAN)

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